May 11, 2014

Example design for TB276 Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA board

This is an example design that defines the clock, led and button pins for the Canton-electronics TB276 board in one of my previous posts. It implements a small demo with the leds and buttons. Download the Verilog source code and project file from here: brd_test.qar. The .qar-file is an archive that can be extracted with Altera Quartus II.

How to build and download to the FPGA

1. Double click the .qar file to open it in Quartus II.

2. Press OK to extract the files and open the project.

3. Double click on Compile Design as illustrated below and wait for the compile to finish. It will take a few seconds.

Make sure that you have connected the power and the programming cable to the board. Make sure that the driver for the cable is installed. See my previous post for driver installation.

5. Hit the download button in the toolbar.

This will open the programmer window.

6. Press Hardware Setup to configure the programming cable.

7. Press Start to program the FPGA. Please note that this will program the FPGA directly and so the configuration is lost if power is cycled.

Here is a video of the result.

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